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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Paedophile Priests and Child Abuse in Christian Institutions

My last week's research and writing has shocked and disgusted me, but here is the conclusion from new page (a re-write of a 1998 page):

"Child Abuse by Christian Priests: Horror, Paedophilia and the Clergy" by Vexen Crabtree (2009):

"Child abuse and paedophilia has been a particular problem for Christian institutions. It seems that the Church's teachings on sexuality, and the general restrictions of the strict teachings of Christian churches, lead to a development of sexual dysfunction amongst its priests. Christian Churches, the biggest example being the Catholic Church, have fought to conceal paedophile priests and move them from place to place when allegations arise. They have tried to deal with paedophilia by sending priests on sick leave or to rehabilitation centres ran by other Christians, but, it appears that Christian hierarchies are the last places you should trust when it comes to dealing with sexual abnormality. The scale of the scandals has led to various Churches declaring themselves bankrupt as they attempt to pay some of the court costs and settlement fees demanded of them. No other industry - even those closely associated with children such as boarding schools - has a rate of abuse anywhere near the rate found amongst Christian clergy. Counting is difficult, but, around 3% of all priests appear to be prone to recurring sexual indecency with children."

There are many example stories within this page, and I have had to gloss over a seemingly endless stream of horrific cases. I will add more country-by-country profiles when I have the stomach for it, but for now I want to put this topic behind me!

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(Yes I'm the same person who's read the book about sex criminals and posted helpful information above.)

I want to add...

The best solution that sex-crime experts and authorities could come up with right now is prevention through AWARENESS. Everybody should be educated on the nature and procedures of pedophiles.

Virtus.org aims to do this job. I'm not aware of any other sites or child abuse awareness programs right now as I haven't been searching for one. (I haven't even read in detail the Virtus website - and no I'm not affiliated with them in any way. I simply discovered their handouts some months ago - that was the only good thing I found inside a church, lol)... I just brought up this site in case you haven't read it yet and you're interested...

- pluto girl -

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